Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>
It's the eve of his debut album release and Machine Gun Kelly is in the middle of the requisite new rapper media blitz, which, quite frankly, he hates. Right now though, he's grappling with a bigger problem: Does he order Delicatessen's brioche French toast or cheeseburger mac and cheese? It's befor ... More >>
Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a moment in American history that was pretty horrifying for reasons that have been enumerated countless times. Their effects on pop music weren't as tragic, to be sure, but they were pretty unfortunateartists on both sides of the aisl ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Courtesy of MSO PRPolitical Pundit Dave Mustaine Last night press representatives of Dave Mustaine sent out a statement clarifying the Megadeth frontman's recent supposed-by-not-really endorsement of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
For the last twenty years, the award for Album of the Year, the biggest Grammy honor of them all, has tended to go to two types of people: young women and old men. Female solo artists under 30 (Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift) and male veterans over 40 (Tony Bennett, U2) have dominated the category for tw ... More >>
A good while back, I was envisioning a Grammy-night dogfight between what, at that point, were my two favorite albums of 2011: Lady Gaga's Born This Way and Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What. (Both ended up on my Pazz & Jop ballot.)I mentioned this to Maura and she said, "No. Adele." Up went my v ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"  52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"  51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You"  50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"  49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"  48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
New York-based songwriter Stephan Said has played in punk bands, toured in Ween, worked as a migrant worker and befriended and worked with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger and Patti Smith. The Iraqi-American musician is a longtime grassroots organizer; he had a hand in the 1999 WTO d ... More >>
Where the soundtrack is more Jock Jams than Red State
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Just another schmo who hoped that 9/11 would change everything...for his career.
Karen BlakelyAt the Grand Ole Opry, which is just like MSG, when you think about it. CREDIT.Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley Madison Square Garden Thursday, October 22 Today's lecture topic is manhood. "There are no sissies in New York," Brad Paisley declares, bantering in the midst of "I'm Still ... More >>
A country star critics can love, with Obama-era tendencies Music Row can tolerate
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